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Non-profit provides Ripon with domestic violence hotline

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Helping sexual assault victims

Mayor Dean Uecker reads a proclamation at Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting to Raman Dhindsa of the Women’s Center, supporting April as Sexual Assault Awareness month.


POSTED April 4, 2013 2:10 a.m.

April is sexual assault awareness month.

At Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting, Raman Dhindsa of the Women’s Center Youth and Family Services encouraged every person in town to end sexual violence and support survivors by providing prevention education regarding sexual assault issues.

She’s the FOCUS program manager for the Women’s Center of San Joaquin based in Stockton.

Elected leaders supported the cause with a proclamation.

“The Women’s Center has set an important example of how building collaborative relationships between service agencies and organizations serve to improve the quality of service to those most profoundly and directly impacted by sexual violence,” said Mayor Dean Uecker, who read the proclamation.

In Ripon, the Women’s Center has led the way in addressing sexual assault by providing 24-hour hotline services to victims or survivors and their significant others. Through it, they’re able to respond to emergency calls while offering support and comfort to those impacted by these acts of violence.

The center was founded in 1976, evolving out of the initiative, planning and dedication of eight local women. They realized there was not a central place in the area where women and children of this crime could turn to for information, encouragement and support.

Thanks to the Women’s Center, those impacted not only receive comfort and support but can also chart their own course for healing.

Information on the 24-hour hotlines can be found on the Women’s Center website,

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